VA delays Oracle Cerner EHR rollout at Michigan hospital

The Department of Veterans Affairs is delaying its Oracle Cerner EHR rollout at its Saginaw (Mich.) Health System, FedScoop reported April 6.

The Oracle Cerner EHR system, which was supposed to be rolled out to Saginaw Health System in June, is being delayed due to the lack of confidence in the software. 

"As VA leadership has promised, we will not deploy a EHR system at any facility until we are confident it is ready to deliver for veterans and VA providers," wrote Laura Ruzick, network director of the VA, in an internal memo sent to staff of the hospital. 

This isn't the first time the VA has delayed the Oracle Cerner rollout at its medical facilities. 

In February, the VA delayed the rollout of the system at the VA Ann Arbor (Mich.) Healthcare System due to questions about how well the Oracle Cerner system would work with the health system's "medical research mission." 

In addition, the VA further delayed the system's rollout on July 21 for the Boise (Idaho) VA Medical Center citing long-identified issues with the program's reliability and safety.

The rollout has been ongoing since 2020, and there are currently two proposed bills aimed at scrapping the EHR modernization program.

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